Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Boys Youth Recreational Lacrosse Registration Closes 3/23

Calling all Kindergarten to 8th grade boys interested in lacrosse! The Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse Program will have the following programs available:

  • K-2nd grade introduction to lacrosse
  • 3/4th grade recreational team
  • 5/6th grade recreational team
  • 7/8th grade recreational team

The spring season is right around the corner and the last days for registration are coming to a close. Please visit for all your questions and registration information.

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Way News 1/12/18

Dear Way Families,

Please take the time to read these two important pieces:

When entering the building, it's vital that you check in with the office before heading to a classroom. We are responsible for our students' safety and we take that responsibility seriously. From time to time a parent will take their child out of the classroom without first checking in at the front office. This can result in confusion during dismissal and slows our process down considerably. We also prefer calling students down to the office so as to create the least disruption to classroom learning.

With bad weather conditions, buses may arrive later to the building. Unfortunately, some families are not obeying the rules of the bus loop, so I want to remind everyone that we have a dedicated drop off and pick up spot for students. Do not use the bus loop for drop off or pick up. Additionally, if you are stopped and told to return to the drop off site, please head out to Long Lake and start the process all over again. Driving the wrong way back into the parking lot is dangerous.

Safety is always our first concern. Tending to these two details will help to ensure safety.

Enjoy your weekend,

Adam Scher
Way Elementary
A School of Visible Thinking
"Enabling students to become architects of their futures"

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A Friday Night Out

In need of a Friday night out? Bloomfield Recreation has you covered! Your child will enjoy the Friday Craft Night and/or the Friday Night Freak Out, held on several days in February, March, May, and June from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. while you enjoy dinner out on the town!

In the Friday Craft Night, students will enjoy using clay, paint, and new techniques to make projects that they will then take home at the end of class. In the Friday Night Freak Out, students will dance under disco lights, work on tumbling, braid hair, and much more!

Siblings can register at a reduced rate by asking the recreation team. Please bring $1 for a pizza dinner. Space is limited. Register at or call 248.433.0885.

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses